The Hardwood Flooring Gallery displays some of the different aspects of what can be done in different rooms and places to be used. You can make patterns and use different techniques to accomplish the desired look you what to achieve. Hardwood flooring whether it is nailed down, glued in place or an engineered clicked hardwood flooring, you can run it throughout your home without all the transitions a lot of people tend to use. You just need to apply some home renovation how to techniques.
When it comes to hardwood flooring, there are a few types to choose from as well as species of wood to use. The other consideration is all what rooms or levels will the hardwood flooring be used on and what other products will be employed. Knowing what the other products being used will determine what type of transitions may be required between them. It is always best to do your preparations or at least, understand what they’ll entail, so you’ll know what the floors are like before you begin. You need to know if the floors you’re working with are all the same height or if there is a difference between them.
So here are a few things that we’ll look at:
- Type of Hardwood Flooring
- Species of Hardwood Flooring
- Type of Sub-Flooring
- Level of Sub-Flooring
Another consideration when it comes to hardwood flooring is:
- Flooring for a New Build
- Flooring to replace Pre-Existing
- Harwood Flooring Repairs
Hardwood flooring by TD Remodeling showing home renovation how to for new installations, replacement, and repairs all done by using home improvement hand tools.
Type of Hardwood Flooring
The kind of hardwood flooring that you are going to use will make a difference in a couple of ways. One of the first considerations will be the cost of purchasing and installation of the product and the second will be the thickness of the product.
- Traditional solid hardwood flooring
- Engineered hardwood
Traditional solid hardwood flooring
The traditional hardwood flooring is sold as a 3/4-inch thick prefinished hardwood at random lengths mainly, but you can purchase unfinished as well. In most cases this wood is nailed in place, and that is the proper way to install this type of product. Some people will glue it together to make it a floating floor over concrete, not advisable. Others will also glue it down on the concrete itself, again not advisable.
Traditional hardwood is not meant to be glued together or down to a concrete floor etc. It needs to be nailed to a subfloor product that excepts the staples or cleats used for hardwood. The only time gluing is used is in minor repairs and narrow pieces against the wall etc. where nails cannot be used.
The engineered hardwood flooring was created to solve the issues on being able to glue a hardwood product to the concrete floor. With more people wanting to still have the look of hardwood over concrete and in-floor heating systems. The product first started off as a veneer over plywood to deal with the expansion and contraction issues of hardwood over a heated floor. This product could be glued or nailed and is 1/2-inch thick which means you have different measurement considerations when meeting up with tiles or other products.
These engineered hardwood flooring products are also made more like laminate with or without the plywood base, and you can also click them in place without the need to glue or nail them anymore. Cost wise you’ll find the engineered flooring will be the same price when nailed as traditional hardwood flooring, if gluing the price will be higher to install and cheaper if it is of the click variety.
Species of Hardwood Flooring
You will discover that you can purchase most species of hardwood, but prices will vary according to availability to how common or rare the product may be. The cost difference between Solid Hardwood flooring and the Engineered flooring will differ in price to quality and availability as well. With the engineered flooring having such a thin veneer, the finish determines just how easily they may or may not be damage. Also, some of the better quality engineered hardwood floorings can be sanded and refinished at least once.
The solid hardwood has a difference in density of just how hard it may be where the trees are harvest from being the colder climates produce harder products. The colder the weather, the tighter the rings for the trees age as they go dormant compared to the warmer climates where the rings have greater spacing as the trees grow season to season.
Type of Sub-Flooring
The kind of sub-flooring will usually dictate to which product will be best to use. Without a doubt if you have in-floor heating then using an engineered hardwood flooring that floats or gets glued works best over solid hardwood. On a regular sub-floor suitable for nailing you can choose to use any hardwood flooring product you like, as they will all work fine. At that point, most people will look at the best cost to the type of species and color they want.
Level of Sub-Flooring
Depending on the home in question there are times when the sub-flooring does not match up from one room to the other. These conditions can be caused from previous flooring being buried underneath one another through the years, different materials of different thickness being used. Additions being added to increase living space. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s a simple fix by removing older flooring to restore back to the original sub-flooring or adding more plywood to a smaller area to be level with the main area.
Sometimes you can fix everything to be the same level and other times you’ll need another solution. Either way when your planning out which floors to use by type and thickness, you’ll need to know what your starting with.
Flooring for a New Build
When it comes time for hardwood flooring for a new build, you usually have the easiest time to do the installation. With new builds, there are usually no baseboards installed or even door jams. Having no undercutting or installing under the doors and trim make the installation much quicker and easier. Even in the cases where the doors are hung and trimmed out, you can still get the job done without too much of a problem.
Flooring to replace Pre-Existing
In the case of replacing the previous flooring, it is a matter of taking out the old, cleaning up all the debris and nails from the floor to get ready for the new installation. Once the flooring has been removed and you’re ready for the new hardwood flooring, there is the matter of do you remove the baseboard then re-install them or do you leave them then add a base shoe to cover up the expansion gap. If only part of the flooring on any given level is being replaced, usually the baseboard stays and base shoe is added. People only tend to remove the baseboard if new material is going to be installed or the old ones are going back in place because the whole level has been redone.
Harwood Flooring Repairs
In the case of having hardwood flooring repairs, they can range from just fixing up a hole, cracks, gouges or in the case of the images above, a dividing wall between two rooms being removed. In the case of these events, you’ll need to cut out the damaged or cut boards that no longer serve their purpose and replace them with full proper interlocking boards. The photos from above use to have a set of double doors that opened in the middle of the room with the walls separating both sides. I was required to remove the boards that use to be at the doorway, then insert new boards from one end of the room to the other, securing each one as I when.